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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719849/selective-cathodic-microbial-biofilm-retention-allows-a-high-current-to-sulfide-efficiency-in-sulfate-reducing-microbial-electrolysis-cells
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Guillermo Pozo, Yang Lu, Sebastien Pongy, Jürg Keller, Pablo Ledezma, Stefano Freguia
Selective microbial retention is of paramount importance for the long-term performance of cathodic sulfate reduction in microbial electrolysis cells (MECs) due to the slow growth rate of autotrophic sulfate-reducing bacteria. In this work, we investigate the biofilm retention and current-to-sulfide conversion efficiency using carbon granules (CG) or multi-wall carbon nanotubes deposited on reticulated vitreous carbon (MWCNT-RVC) as electrode materials. For ~2months, the MECs were operated at sulfate loading rates of 21 to 309gSO4 -S/m(2)/d...
July 12, 2017: Bioelectrochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719828/functional-analysis-of-pcsk2-coding-variants-a-founder-effect-in-the-old-order-amish-population
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Alexandra Winters, Bruno Ramos-Molina, Timothy S Jarvela, Laura Yerges-Armstrong, Toni I Pollin, Iris Lindberg
AIMS: In humans, noncoding variants of PCSK2, the gene encoding prohormone convertase 2 (PC2), have been previously associated with risk for and age of onset of type 2 diabetes (T2D). The aims of this study were to identify coding variants in PCSK2; to determine their possible association with glucose handling; and to determine functional outcomes for coding variants in biochemical studies. METHODS: Exome-wide genotyping was performed on 1725 Old Order Amish (OOA) subjects...
July 3, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719671/environmentally-benign-dry-gel-conversions-of-zr-based-uio-metal-organic-frameworks-with-high-yield-and-the-possibility-of-solvent-re-use
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Serkan Gökpinar, Tatyana Diment, Christoph Janiak
Herein we report an alternative synthesis method for Zr-based UiO metal-organic frameworks (MOFs), namely dry-gel conversion (DGC). It was possible to synthesize nano- to microsized UiO-66, UiO-66-NH2 and UiO-67 with high crystallinity, high surface area and increased yield using only one-sixth or less of the solvent volume compared to the solution synthesis on the same scale. Additionally, it is shown that solvent re-use is possible over at least five synthesis runs making the DGC method an ecological and extremely solvent-economical route to obtain Zr-based UiO-MOFs with reproducible results...
July 18, 2017: Dalton Transactions: An International Journal of Inorganic Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719656/phenotypic-characterization-of-circulating-tumor-cells-in-the-peripheral-blood-of-patients-with-small-cell-lung-cancer
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Ippokratis Messaritakis, Eleni Politaki, Athanasios Kotsakis, Eleftheria-Kleio Dermitzaki, Filippos Koinis, Eleni Lagoudaki, Anastasios Koutsopoulos, Galatea Kallergi, John Souglakos, Vassilis Georgoulias
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the phenotypic heterogeneity of circulating tumor cells (CTCs) based on the expression of proliferative, apoptotic and Epithelial-to-Mesenchymal Transmission (EMT) markers during front-line treatment in patients with small cell lung cancer (SCLC) and to evaluate their clinical relevance. METHODS: CTCs from 108 chemotherapy-naïve patients with SCLC were analyzed by double immunofluorescence staining using anti-Ki67, anti-M30, anti-Vimentin along with anti-CKs antibodies...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719498/incidence-of-active-tuberculosis-and-cohort-retention-among-adolescents-in-western-kenya
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Videlis Nduba, Anna H Van't Hoog, Ellen M H Mitchell, Martien Borgdorff, Kayla F Laserson
SETTING: Siaya County, with the highest tuberculosis notification rates in Kenya. OBJECTIVE: To determine the incidence of active tuberculosis and one year cohort retention in 12-18 year old adolescents, in preparation for Phase III tuberculosis vaccine trials. METHODS: Adolescents were enrolled and followed up for 1-2 years to determine tuberculosis incidence. Adolescents with a positive tuberculin skin test (TST), history of cohabitation with a tuberculosis case, or at least one tuberculosis symptom received clinical and sputum examination and a chest radiograph...
July 14, 2017: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719392/intestinal-microbiome-in-scleroderma-recent-progress
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Elizabeth R Volkmann
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Our evolving understanding of how gut microbiota affects immune function and homeostasis has led many investigators to explore the potentially pathologic role of gut microbiota in autoimmune diseases. This review will discuss the rapidly advancing field of microbiome research in systemic sclerosis (SSc), an incurable autoimmune disease with significant gastrointestinal morbidity and mortality. RECENT FINDINGS: Recent reports have identified common perturbations in gut microbiota across different SSc cohorts...
July 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719269/the-influence-of-household-and-community-level-sanitation-and-fecal-sludge-management-on-urban-fecal-contamination-in-households-and-drains-and-enteric-infection-in-children
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David Berendes, Amy Kirby, Julie A Clennon, Suraja Raj, Habib Yakubu, Juan Leon, Katharine Robb, Arun Kartikeyan, Priya Hemavathy, Annai Gunasekaran, Ben Ghale, J Senthil Kumar, Venkata Raghava Mohan, Gagandeep Kang, Christine Moe
AbstractUrban sanitation necessitates management of fecal sludge inside and outside the household. This study examined associations between household sanitation, fecal contamination, and enteric infection in two low-income neighborhoods in Vellore, India. Surveys and spatial analysis assessed the presence and clustering of toilets and fecal sludge management (FSM) practices in 200 households. Fecal contamination was measured in environmental samples from 50 households and household drains. Enteric infection was assessed from stool specimens from children under 5 years of age in these households...
June 2017: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719183/streptomyces-virginiae-ppdc-is-a-new-type-of-phenylpyruvate-decarboxylase-composed-of-two-subunits
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Xiaoshu Xu, Chao Wang, Jun Chen, Sheng Yang
Streptomyces virginiae phenylpyruvate decarboxylase (PPDC) has not been identified before. Two putative branched-chain α-keto acid dehydrogenase subunit genes bkdC and bkdD from S. virginiae are similar to halves of other PPDC coding sequences. We cloned and characterized them biochemically in this work. The two proteins formed a stable complex attested by pull-down assay, consistent with the finding that their soluble expression was obtained only when they were coexpressed in Escherichia coli. The subunits were redesignated as SvPPDCα and SvPPDCβ, because the SvPPDCα/β complex catalyzed the conversion of phenylpyruvate to phenylacetaldehyde, reflecting the nature of the enzyme...
July 18, 2017: ACS Chemical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718989/formation-of-stone-wales-edge-multistep-reconstruction-and-growth-mechanisms-of-zigzag-nanographene
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Jing-Shuang Dang, Wei-Wei Wang, Jia-Jia Zheng, Shigeru Nagase, Xiang Zhao
Although the existence of Stone-Wales (5-7) defect at graphene edge has been clarified experimentally, theoretical study on the formation mechanism is still imperfect. In particular, the regioselectivity of multistep reactions at edge (self-reconstruction and growth with foreign carbon feedstock) is essential to understand the kinetic behavior of reactive boundaries but investigations are still lacking. Herein, by using finite-sized models, multistep reconstructions and carbon dimer additions of a bared zigzag edge are introduced using density functional theory calculations...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Computational Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718686/kinetic-study-on-the-inhibition-of-xanthine-oxidase-by-acylated-derivatives-of-flavonoids-synthesised-enzymatically
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Maria Elisa Melo Branco de Araújo, Yollanda Edwirges Moreira Franco, Thiago Grando Alberto, Marcia Cristina Fernandes Messias, Camila Wielewski Leme, Alexandra Christine Helena Frankland Sawaya, Patricia de Oliveira Carvalho
Studies have reported that flavonoids inhibit xanthine oxidase (XO) activity; however, poor solubility and stability in lipophilic media limit their bioavailability and applications. This study evaluated the kinetic parameters of XO inhibition and partition coefficients of flavonoid esters biosynthesised from hesperidin, naringin, and rutin via enzymatic acylation with hexanoic, octanoic, decanoic, lauric, and oleic acids catalysed by Candida antarctica lipase B (CALB). Quantitative determination by ultra-high performance liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry (UHPLC-MS) showed higher conversion yields (%) for naringin and rutin esters using acyl donors with 8C and 10C...
December 2017: Journal of Enzyme Inhibition and Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718651/organization-of-microgels-at-the-air-water-interface-under-compression-role-of-electrostatics-and-cross-linking-density
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Christine Picard, Patrick Garrigue, Marie-Charlotte Tatry, Véronique Lapeyre, Serge Ravaine, Véronique Schmitt, Valerie Ravaine
Poly(N-isopropylacrylamide) (pNIPAM) microgels are soft and deformable particles, which can adsorb at liquid interfaces. In the present paper, we study the two-dimensional organization of charged and quasi-neutral microgels with different cross-linking densities, under compression at the air-water interface and the transfer of the microgel monolayer onto a solid substrate at different surface pressures. At low cross-linking densities, the microgels form highly ordered hexagonal lattices on the solid substrate over large areas, with a unique lattice parameter which decreases continuously as the surface pressure increases...
July 18, 2017: Langmuir: the ACS Journal of Surfaces and Colloids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718628/synthesis-and-electrochemical-reaction-of-tin-oxalate-reduced-graphene-oxide-composite-anode-for-rechargeable-lithium-batteries
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Jae-Sang Park, Jae Hyeon Jo, Hitoshi Yashiro, Sung-Soo Kim, Sun-Jae Kim, Yang-Kook Sun, Seung-Taek Myung
Unlike SnO2, few studies have reported on the use of SnC2O4 as an anode material for rechargeable lithium batteries. Here, we first introduce a SnC2O4-reduced graphene oxide composite produced via hydrothermal reactions followed by a layer-by-layer self-assembly process. The addition of rGO increased the electric conductivity up to ~10-3 S cm-1. As a result, the SnC2O4-reduced graphene oxide electrode exhibited a high charge (oxidation) capacity of ~1166 mAh g-1 at a current of 100 mA g-1 (0.1 C-rate) with a good retention delivering approximately 620 mAh g-1 at the 200th cycle...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718379/expression-of-embryonic-stem-cell-markers-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia
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Tiphanie Picot, Carmen Mariana Aanei, Amandine Fayard, Pascale Flandrin-Gresta, Sylvie Tondeur, Marina Gouttenoire, Emmanuelle Tavernier-Tardy, Eric Wattel, Denis Guyotat, Lydia Campos
Acute myeloid leukemia is driven by leukemic stem cells which can be identified by cross lineage expression or arrest of differentiation compared to normal hematopoietic stem cells. Self-renewal and lack of differentiation are also features of stem cells and have been associated with the expression of embryonic genes. The aim of our study was to evaluate the expression of embryonic antigens (OCT4, NANOG, SOX2, SSEA1, SSEA3) in hematopoietic stem cell subsets (CD34(+)CD38(-) and CD34(+)CD38(+)) from normal bone marrows and in samples from acute myeloid leukemia patients...
July 2017: Tumour Biology: the Journal of the International Society for Oncodevelopmental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718353/a-multiyear-assessment-of-public-response-to-a-statewide-drug-take-back-and-disposal-campaign-2010-to-2012
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Itzhak Yanovitzky
This study is the first to analyze public response to a drug take-back program, the American Medicine Chest Challenge, in a single state over a period of 3 years (2010-2012). The study utilized a three-wave repeated cross-sectional design and an annual phone survey conducted with a representative sample of adults ( N = 906 in 2010, N = 907 in 2011, and N = 906 in 2012), which assessed exposure to the campaign, drug disposal behaviors, possible mediators of campaign effects (risk appraisal, personal agency, normative influence, and interpersonal talk), and potential confounders...
August 2017: Health Education & Behavior: the Official Publication of the Society for Public Health Education
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718290/enhanced-long-term-and-thermal-stability-of-polymer-solar-cells-in-air-at-high-humidity-with-the-formation-of-unusual-quantum-dot-networks
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Long Tan, Fan Yang, Mee Rahn Kim, Pandeng Li, Deepak Thrithamarassery Gangadharan, Joelle Margot, Ricardo Izquierdo, Mohamed Chaker, Dongling Ma
Due to the practical applications of polymer solar cells (PSCs), their stability recently has received increasing attention. Herein, a new strategy was developed to largely enhance the long-term and thermal stability of PSCs in air with a relatively high humidity of 50-60% without any encapsulation. In this strategy, semiconductor PbS/CdS core/shell quantum dots (QDs) were incorporated into the photoactive blend of poly(3-hexylthiophene) (P3HT) and phenyl-C61-butyric acid methyl ester (PCBM). By replacing the initial ligands of oleic acid with halide ligands on the surface of PbS/CdS QDs via solution-phase-ligand-exchange, we were able to form unusual, continuous QD networks in the film of P3HT:PCBM, which effectively stabilized the photoactive layer...
July 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718273/3d-quantitative-evaluation-of-spine-proprioceptive-perception-motor-control-through-instinctive-self-correction-manoeuvre-in-healthy-young-subjects-posture-an-observational-study
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Moreno D'Amico, Edyta Kinel, Piero Roncoletta
BACKGROUND: Conservative treatment in spine deformities and spine related disorders is mainly based on proper individual proprioceptive and motor control training. For these reasons, conservative treatment involves the stimulation of individual capability of perceiving/reducing deformities, blocks and/or improper spine posture by voluntary control. The literature describes that habitually adopted relaxed postures often exacerbate low back pain. Typically, youths can be referred to therapeutic programs aimed at improving the quality of body posture along with fostering the awareness of the importance of correct posture...
July 18, 2017: European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717911/laparoscopic-compared-to-open-repeat-hepatectomy-for-colorectal-liver-metastases-a-multi-institutional-propensity-matched-analysis-of-short-and-long-term-outcomes
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Julie Hallet, Antonio Sa Cunha, Daniel Cherqui, Brice Gayet, Diane Goéré, Philippe Bachellier, Alexis Laurent, David Fuks, Francis Navarro, Patrick Pessaux
INTRODUCTION: While uptake of laparoscopic hepatectomy has improved, evidence on laparoscopic re-hepatectomy (LRH) for colorectal liver metastases (CRLMs) is limited and has never been compared to the open approach. We sought to define outcomes of LRH compared to open re-hepatectomy (ORH). METHODS: Patients undergoing re-hepatectomy for CRLM at 39 institutions (2006-2013) were identified. Primary outcomes were 30-day post-operative overall morbidity, mortality, and length of stay...
July 17, 2017: World Journal of Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717870/laparoscopic-liver-resections-for-hepatocellular-carcinoma-can-we-extend-the-surgical-indication-in-cirrhotic-patients
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Federica Cipriani, Corrado Fantini, Francesca Ratti, Roberto Lauro, Hadrien Tranchart, Mark Halls, Vincenzo Scuderi, Leonid Barkhatov, Bjorn Edwin, Roberto I Troisi, Ibrahim Dagher, Paolo Reggiani, Giulio Belli, Luca Aldrighetti, Mohammad Abu Hilal
BACKGROUND: Evidence on the value of laparoscopic liver resections (LLR) for hepatocellular carcinoma (HCC) and severe cirrhosis is still lacking. The aim of this study is to assess surgical and oncological outcomes of LLR in cirrhotic HCC patients. METHODS: The analysis included 403 LLR for HCC from seven European centres. 333 cirrhotic and 70 non-cirrhotic patients were compared. A matched comparison was performed between 100 Child-Pugh A and 25 Child-Pugh B patients...
July 17, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717869/transoral-endoscopic-thyroidectomy-vestibular-approach-toetva-indications-techniques-and-results
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Angkoon Anuwong, Thanyawat Sasanakietkul, Pornpeera Jitpratoom, Khwannara Ketwong, Hoon Yub Kim, Gianlorenzo Dionigi, Jeremy D Richmon
INTRODUCTION: The Transoral Neck Surgery (TONS) Study Group was established at the 1st International Thyroid NOTES Conference in February 2016 with the intention of standardizing and refining thyroid NOTES techniques, including both transoral endoscopic and robotic thyroidectomy approaches. Herein, the authors report the modification of indications, preparation, and step-by-step explanations for operative techniques, as well as results and postoperative care for transoral endoscopic thyroidectomy vestibular approach (TOETVA)...
July 17, 2017: Surgical Endoscopy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717516/costs-associated-with-intravenous-darbepoetin-versus-epoetin-therapy-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Andrea L Woodland, Sean W Murphy, Bryan M Curtis, Brendan J Barrett
BACKGROUND: Anemia of chronic kidney disease is associated with adverse outcomes and a reduced quality of life. Erythropoiesis-stimulating agents (ESAs) have improved anemia management, and 2 agents are available in Canada, epoetin alfa (EPO) and darbepoetin alfa (DA). EPO and DA are considered equally effective in achieving target hemoglobin (Hb), but it is not clear whether there is a cost difference. There have been few head-to-head comparisons; most published studies are observational switch studies...
2017: Canadian Journal of Kidney Health and Disease
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